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Paradigm Winery

Website: www.paradigmwinery.com
Country/Region: United States - California - Napa Valley

Paradigm Winery is located in the Oakville District of Napa Valley just west of Highway 29 and south of the Oakville Grade. The winery is owned and managed by Ren and Marilyn Harris, winegrowers with extraordinarily deep roots in Napa Valley. Marilyn is a third generation grower in Napa Valley and Ren has been farming here since the 1960’s.
They purchased Paradigm in 1976 and began producing wine with the 1991 vintage. They farm sustainably.
Immediate neighbors of Paradigm Winery are Harlan, Martha’s Vineyard, Dominus, an Opus Vineyard, and a Quintessa Vineyard.

History
Owner: Ren and Marilyn Harris

Ren & Marilyn Harris have been growing grapes in Napa Valley since 1964. They purchased Paradigm in 1976 and totally replanted the vineyard twice! The first time was to change the grape varieties and the second time was to protect the vineyard from phyloxera, which struck Napa Valley in the late 1980's.

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About thirty percent of the grape production at Paradigm is used by the winery and the balance is sold to other premium Napa Valley wineries. It is the intention of the Harris' to remain at the current five thousand case annual production in order to maintain the close personal contact they enjoy with both the Paradigm crew and the Paradigm wine drinkers they have befriended over the years.

Marilyn is a third generation Napa Valley grape grower whose grandparents came to Napa Valley from the hills of Northern Italy to grow grapes in 1890. Ren Harris is a sixth generation Californian whose predecessors settled San Diego in 1769 and whose great great grand uncle was General Mariano Vallejo; the last Mexican governor of California. Paradigm is located on land General Vallejo gave to George Yount in 1835. Yount in turn planted the first grapes in Napa Valley. Ren is in charge of wine and grape production.


Winery/Vineyards
Winemaker: Heidi Peterson Barrett

Paradigm Vineyard is located in the Oakville District of Napa Valley just west of Highway 29 and south of the Oakville Grade. When the property was purchased by Ren & Marilyn Harris in 1976, it was planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc and White Reisling, all commonly grown in Napa Valley at the time. But the Harrises quickly confirmed that the vineyard's soil and microclimate were perfectly tuned for growing the red Bordeaux varietals that inspired their passion for wine.
The vineyard is now planted to 7 blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon totaling 37 acres, 3 blocks of Merlot totaling 12 acres, 4 acres of Cabernet Franc, 1 acre of Zinfandel and 1 acre of Petite Verdot.

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Paradigm's annual production is 6000 cases. The rest of the fruit is sold to friends and neighbors in the valley. The Paradigm style has been very well established. The wines are consistent and ageworthy. Approachable in their youth, Paradigm wines are full of red and black fruit. They are known for their balance and for their ability to compliment a meal. All of the wines are aged in French oak barrels for 20 months. Each of the wines also sees considerable additional bottle aging - 20 months for the Cabernet Sauvignon and 10-14 months for our other reds.